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Interview with Alum Patty Smith in VCU News

English alum Patty Smith (MFA/Fiction ’01), author of The Year of Needy Girls, is interviewed in the March 30th edition of VCU News.  Patty’s debut novel examines homophobia, false accusations and community unrest. Patty explains, “I was teaching in Cambridge, Massachusetts, years ago, in a fifth/sixth-grade classroom, when a young boy in Cambridge was abducted,…

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English Alum Cory MacLauchlin’s Biography to Become Feature Film

A Butterfly in the Typewriter, Cory MacLauchin’s biography of John Kennedy Toole, Pulitzer prize-winning author of A Confederacy of Dunces, will be made into a feature film starring Susan Sarandon and Nick Offerman. The movie, shot entirely in the New Orleans area, is targeted for a 2018 release. Toole unsuccessfully sought publication of his novel, finally…

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After the Fire…The Fire Still Burns

Former VCU Professor and renown poet Larry Levis is the feature of a new documentary, “A Late Style of Fire.”  VCU MFA alum Michele Poulos is director and producer of “A Late Style of Fire,” which was also co-produced by Professor Greg Donovan. Using funds from a successful Kickstarter campaign, Poulos and Donovan were able…

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VCU English Representatives among Finalists for Library of Virginia Awards

VCU dominated the poetry field of the 2016 Library of Virginia literary awards. Finalists include the late Claudia Emerson for her posthumously published collection Impossible Bottle, Jon Pineda (MFA/Poetry ’00) for “Little Anodynes,” and Josh Poteat (MFA/Poetry ’97) for “The Regret Histories.” VCU MA alum Bert Ashe was named a finalist in the Nonfiction category for…

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VCU MFA Alum Wins 2016 Brockman-Campbell Award

VCU MFA alum, John Hoppenthaler (’88), has won the 2016 Brockman-Campbell Award for the best book of poetry by a North Carolinian in 2015 for his volume Domestic Garden (Carnegie Mellon UP). Poet Barbara Hamby served as judge. In this, his third collection of poetry, Hoppenthaler surveils the remnants of an American Dream. What devotion…

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